'Dublin Goes Country' launched for weekend of cancelled Brooks gigs

A country music initiative aimed at getting Garth Brooks fans to visit Dublin despite the cancelled concerts, is being launched.

Dublin Goes Country is being organised by the Department of Tourism and Failte Ireland.

It will take place over the weekend of July 25 when Garth's first concert was due to take place.

The series of country and western themed events includes a bluegrass festival in Whelans, live outdoor music in the Dame Street district and an OK Carral busking trail starting on Grafton Street.

“Garth may not be coming but Dublin is still here and there’s a lot happening in Dublin that week," said Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe.

"The tourism industry is working hard to ensure Garth Brooks fans will still have a reason to come.

"Fáilte Ireland and the city’s tourism industry have pulled out all the stops to add extra country and western themed events to make it a weekend to remember for all fans that come … [and] Aer Lingus and Ryanair have also agreed to promote ‘Dublin Goes Country’ to millions of their customers."

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